The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Award Notables List for 2020 and we’re very pleased to see many of our favourites have made the list.
CBCA National Chair Professor Margot Hillel OAM said the 2020 Notables List was drawn from 517 entries and is “arguably the most diverse award longlist in Australia”.
“Our Notable books are set in small towns and big cities in Australia and overseas. They take us from the ocean to the bush, telling stories of Indigenous, immigrant, disabled, LGBTQI+ and elderly characters. Many were created by ‘own voice’ writers and illustrators. This years theme is “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds” and there are many titles that explore these ideas.
The 2020 Notables include favourite children’s authors Emily Rodda, Jackie French and Paul Jennings as well as Tim Flannery, the acclaimed scientific writer and conservationist.
“The Eve Pownall Award for non-fiction is particularly fascinating this year, with an amazing autobiography by the late Indigenous leader, Kunmanara Williams, written in both Pitjantjatjara and English.” Professor Hillel said.
Other Notable books in this year’s Eve Pownall Award category explain the underpinning concepts in geology (Australian Backyard Earth Scientist), astrophysics (Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime) and ecology (Beauty) through plain English, ingenious illustrations and story-telling.
The 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Award received 488 individual book entries, a record surpassed by this year’s 517. This growth in entries matches the continuing strength of Australia’s children’s book industry.
The CBCA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.
Regarded as Australia’s most prestigious children’s literature award, the CBCA Book of the Year was established in 1946 and is now presented in six categories: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Book, Eve Pownall Award and CBCA Award for New Illustrator.
For the full list of CBCA Book of the Year 2020 Notables please visit the CBCA website: https://www.cbca.org.au/notables-2020